The promoter and legal representative of the Aprendiendo a Vivir Support Group is running prophylactic and relief campaigns for people suffering from the virus that attacks the immune system.
Pablo Corles has been serving the HIV community for 12 years.
Pablo Emilio Corles is a representative of the Aprendiendo a Vivir Support Group, which is responsible for providing people with HIV and developing campaigns to prevent and manage the disease all over Quindo.
How long has he been a part of the foundation?
Since 2006, since it was founded.
Why did you decide to focus on people with HIV?
I started to see a number of friends at the disease hospital and I was very concerned about the problem because nowadays everyone can acquire the virus and then our organization was born for that purpose, to provide information, communication, trainings, seminars to train the department the issue of HIV / AIDS and how easy it is to get a virus, we need to educate children, young people, the elderly, the sex workers and the whole population.
What kind of population do they do?
When I started going to the hospital, I saw people, a family nucleus made up of children, mothers, adolescents, adults, and so on, we decided to start talking to them all through conversations and seminars about sex education for the entire population. we continue to be the second department with the largest number of HIV carriers nationwide that has been happening for a long time and we have been unable to reduce the index.
What should the state do in response to this problem?
HIV is a public health problem so the government needs to make stronger and more educational campaigns because it is not just a condom spread and a quick test that is not a timely and effective solution because I repeat the high number of people with the virus in the department as well as the first places of the carriers are the mothers of the household who are not sex workers, elderly people and young people, then the problem is in the low education and minimal scope what the campaign is
What should a person with HIV do to avoid the crisis?
First, you must be aware that this virus can be acquired by any human being, but it is not contagious by hugging, kissing or superficial contact. HIV can only enter the body in three ways, through sexual contact, blood, and by inheritance by the mother of a child; secondly, we must eliminate the idea that people with these diseases die, not so, we must eliminate this paradigm because now the health system supports and if they do not have EPS or Sisbén, we in the Supporting Group can help them with the whole process, and others have medications that have to be taken for life and is a treatment that helps to counteract the immune deficiency and all together with a good diet to make treatment effective o.
What help do you give to people who have the virus?
We begin by hoping that we already have SISBEN and if we do not connect them to begin treatment, we also medically accompany people to hospitals when there are cases of opportunistic diseases that adhere to the virus: tuberculosis, hepatitis or toxoplasmosis, We had many cases of people coming out of the crisis, it's a wonderful thing, another of the activities we do is entertaining and entertaining; now by the end of the year we take all the families of the foundation into a place where they have free rest and integration .
What preventative campaigns do you have?
Since we started, we have seen the need and the strong problems in schools, so we started sexual education campaigns with parents, so they are the ones who educate their children who do not worry when they see their children with a condom because this element is not synonymous with sex , is a synonym of prevention that does not see it with disease or perversion, but rather as a care.
How many people benefit from the foundation?
We have about 500 families with whom we keep in touch through WhatsApp.
What do they do to avoid the rejection of these people?
It is a very complicated aspect, stigma and discrimination are very strong in our society when a person with HIV has access to work and the working environment realizes, there is a lot of rejection, in which case we have had to help complain, it requires the institutions. HIV is not synonymous with disease, we all have the right to live with dignity, we have more complex cases like children who are also marginalized even though they have not even started their sexual life and are not guilty of their condition.
What is the organization's invitation for people in need of help?
The "Learn to Live" support group has open doors for everyone and for all, their number is 3165301463, do not be afraid to ask for help, you need to create awareness and be more open to this type of opportunities, who are facing each person.